Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Today I am delighted to welcome Stacy Monson to the blog to chat about her cornerstone message for her novel When Mountains Sing, which kicks off The Mosaic Collection on August 7th.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.
…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stacy Monson is the award-winning author of The Chain of Lakes series, including Shattered Image, Dance of Grace, and The Color of Truth, as well as her newest release, Open Circle. Her stories reveal an extraordinary God at work in ordinary life. Residing in the Twin Cities, she is the wife of a juggling, unicycling physical education teacher, a proud mom, and doting grandma.
ABOUT THE BOOK
SERIES: The Mosaic Collection/My Father’s House #1
GENRE: Inspirational Women’s Fiction/Romance
PUBLISHER: His Image Publications
RELEASE DATE: August 7, 2019
When the truth cost her everything, she thought there was nothing left to lose.
Mikayla Gordon loves nothing more than sleeping under the stars, reeling in the “big one,” and long hikes in the wilderness. A medical crisis reveals a 30-year-old secret that turns everything she’s known and believed upside down, unraveling her dreams and her identity.
In search of answers, she follows a trail from Minnesota to Colorado and discovers more unwelcome secrets even as she falls in love with the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains, and a wilderness camp leader who shares the greatest secret of all.
Knowing her life can never go back to what it was, she must make decisions that will impact far more than just her future.
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My Cornerstone Message From The Collection
Our identity is found first and foremost in God. Made in His image, we bear His DNA. We are fully, unconditionally loved by our Creator. While society tells us we don’t measure up, we aren’t good enough, we need to conform, God tells us we are loved exactly where we are being who we are. He invites us daily to walk with Him, look to Him for whatever needs we have, and to trust Him no matter what happens to or around us because He is always there for and with us. Despite the negative messages that rain over us, His message shines through – you are loved.
A Deeper Dive into My Cornerstone Message
As the third child of four living in the chaos of a crumbling marriage, I craved quiet, peace, and stability. Writing stories saved me from getting lost in the anger and confusion of a broken family. Now as I look back, I see God present in the life of a timid middle child who needed what only He had to offer—unconditional love, unwavering presence, and total acceptance.
My dad traveled his whole career as a salesman. At first he was gone Monday-Friday, but as his marriage disintegrated, he was eventually gone Sunday-Saturday, returning only for fresh clothes. My mother was the strongest, most focused person I think I’ve ever known. No matter how daunting it must have seemed, she just did what needed to be done to raise her children on her own. We were her whole world and we knew it.
But still, that little girl craved what every child craves – love and attention from her father, knowing deep inside she was not only good enough but adored for simply being herself. That craving stayed with me into adulthood. As I’ve grown in my faith, and simply experienced more of life, I’ve come to understand that I do have gifts, I am worth knowing, and I can make plenty of noise when I want to. 🙂
The stories I write have one major underlying theme that is born out of my childhood desire to be loved and affirmed: Our identity is found first and foremost in the God who created us, saved us from ourselves, and adores us. Regardless of who our earthly parents are, our DNA starts with God. When we understand that (or attempt to, with our limited human understanding), we know that He loves us and accepts us for who we are – sin and all. He wants what’s best for us, and provides everything we need (although not everything we want – thank goodness!) before we even ask.
When we accept this truth into our being, we can look in the mirror and, instead of seeing someone who is deficient (according to society’s standards), see a daughter of the King. Someone worthy of love and acceptance. And someone worth dying for. Scripture reminds us that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. So regardless of how short we think we fall, how little we measure up, or how worthless we’ve been told we are, we are already heirs with Christ, a daughter of the Most High, perfect just as we are.
I am His beloved. So are you.
(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!
Winner will receive an ebook of:
- Where She Belongs
- Pieces of Granite
- Christmas on a Mission
- Other Side of the River
- The Third Grace
- Carolina Grace
- The Benefit Package (a devotional)
- Dance of Grace
- When Love Calls
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)
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What about you? What resonates most with you about Stacy’s cornerstone message?